Have you been arrested for the alleged possession of child pornography? Child pornography is viewed as the sexual exploitation of a child or as child abuse. If you are convicted of child pornography charges, not only will you have to pay a hefty fine and serve time in prison, worst of all, you will be registered as a sex offender — something that will adversely affect the rest of your life.
If you live or work in the Los Angeles area and are looking for a criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your interests, you have come to the right place. Some lawyers shy away from handling child pornography cases due to the nature of these offenses. I don’t. I believe in upholding my clients’ rights to the fullest extent as I challenge any type of sex offense allegations or charges, no matter what they may be involving. I have more than 25 years of experience in the field of criminal defense and have exclusively limited my practice to this field. Whether you are facing child pornography charges in state or federal court, I can provide you with the knowledgeable and aggressive counsel you need.
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The consequences of child pornography charges are varied and may be extremely severe. A defendant may lose his or her job and may face ruined personal and professional relationships, not to mention social ostracism and even such extremes as threats of injury and worse. If convicted, a defendant may face imprisonment and fines. At a state level, child pornography may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the particular circumstances. A defendant may face sentencing for multiple counts of child pornography possession at once, one for each picture, video or other material allegedly found in his or her possession. This means that the criminal penalties can quickly add up. If a defendant is charged in federal court, the penalties are even more severe.
Child Pornography Defense – What Child Pornography Charges in California Entail
Someone can get arrested for child pornography if he / she possessed, advertised, distributed or developed child pornography or if he / she employed minors to participate in child pornography acts. All that a prosecutor has to prove is that you knowingly committed an act of child pornography and that you knew that the persons involved were under 18. Even sexting a naked picture of a minor can get you into a lot of trouble in California!
If you have been charged with child pornography- are there any defenses available for you? Yes- there are many that can be used to fight for your freedom and uphold your innocence. I can look over the details of your case in order to determine which of the following defenses might be the best to use in your situation:
- Illegal search and seizure — Were the materials being used as evidence against you obtained unlawfully?
- Entrapment — Did somebody (such as an undercover officer) encourage you to talk about or buy child porn when you never had done anything like this before?
- Innocence — Did inappropriate spam or pop-ups get you in trouble? Did you type in the wrong web address accidentally?
- The content isn’t applicable — Possessing films that are rated by the Motion Picture Association of America are exempt from California child pornography laws.
- Age — Are the people depicted in the materials under 18? Did you know that the individuals depicted were under 18?
- False accusation — Were you framed? Does somebody have something against you and that is why he / she is leveling these charges at you?
Psychological addiction — Do you have a psychological addiction to the materials and are remorseful about this? You might be able to receive counseling instead of a prison sentence.
Let the Criminal Law Office of Robert Helfend assist you!
Facing off against state or federal prosecutors who are trying to put you behind bars for child pornography possession or distribution may be a difficult matter, but with the right resources and an aggressive approach your attorney may be able to help you reach a positive case outcome. Find out how I can thoroughly investigate your charges from every possible angle to build a compelling defense on your behalf. Contact Robert Michael Helfend today if you are looking for someone to aggressively fight your charges!